Welcome to Year Ticks Chess Tournament

In memory of our friend Jeff "Coach Pig" Jones who passed away in September 27, 2018. Jeff had plan to have 2019 Ticks tournament in New Year day, and put it in North Carolina chess calendar. He could not make it. To honor him, and to continue his spirit to grow chess in North Carolina, we like to have this tournament for his memorial.

Jeff wanted time control same with the year of the tournament, so it is game 33:39 with 5 seconds delay. 33 minutes and 39 seconds is 2019 seconds! It will be one big section with six rounds of action chess. We added a feature to remember Jeff. There will be prize for dutch games (1.d4 f5!) that won by black. Jeff loves to play dutch.

If you want to fill guest book at Jeff's obituary page, use this link : 


Posted on September 29, 2018 by Chacha Nugroho

2019 Ticks Winners:

46 paid entries:

46 * 25 * 60 % = $700 fund

First Place: IM Levan Bregadze $210

Second Place: NM Emmanuel Carter $105

Third And Fourth: $105 / 3

Matt Embler $35

NM John Smithwick $35

Arthur Allen $35

U1640 First and Second: $210/2

Gary Maltzman $105

Sai Khushal Dulam $105

Dutch Winners ($75/5 = $15 each):

 1. NM John Smithwick

2. Michael Potts

3. Samuel Ebert

4. NM Patrick Sciacca

5. Erickson Smith


2019 Ticks Chess Tournament Description

Please read. We have slightly modified the chess description from original flyer made by Jeff.

When: Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Time: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm (check registration and round time for detail)

Where: Triangle Chess Center - 5920 S. Miami Blvd. Ste. 203, Morrisville, NC 27560

Time Control: Game in 2019 ticks of the clock (33:39) d/5 (See what Jeff did there?)

One section with six rounds of action chess.

Recommended for players rated 800 and up. If you are rated below 800 or unrated and like to play, please contact us before registering.

Entry Fee: $25 if received by 12/31 at 11:59 pm / $30 on site.

If you have paid Jeff before 9/27/2018 to enter 2019 Ticks, please let us know.

Payment can be made online on registration using Paypal. Just click Paypal checkout button after registration. Paypal account is North Carolina Chess Association.

Onsite payment uses cash or check, no credit card onsite. 

Prize: 60% payout.

From 60% of paid entries, here the prize distributions:

First place: 30%
Second place 15%
Third Place: 10%
Forth place: 5%

First in half-bottom: 20%
Second in half-bottom: 10%
Dutch award: 10%

Projected prizes based on 40 paid entries: $180 - $90 - $60 - $30
Half-bottom: $120 - $60
Dutch Prize: $60 (divided by winners)

Dutch Prize. If white opens the game with d4 and black replies f5, and black wins the game. Black player (only) is eligible for the prize. Only games with complete notation (or recorded in DGT) is eligible for the prize. We will publish the dutch winner games online for public viewing and promotion.

Half-bottom is a group of players that are on half-bottom listed by rating. Regular current month (January) supplement will be used. The players are eligible for half-bottom prizes. It depends on the entries.

US Chess Affiliate: Triangle Chess (A6028933) , US Chess membership required. If USCF system does not allow fraction time control report, we will report under G/34;d5, but we definitely will play with time 33:39.

We may set several DGT boards to broadcast games online.

Registration Onsite: 10:00 am - 10:45 am.

Checkin is required for players who have not make a payment. Please come 15 minutes before round started. We will remove players from pairing if payment has not been made.

Round Times: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm (lunch break is between round 2-3)

Up to two half-point byes are available. These byes must be requested before round 3.

Any donations to contribute prizes are welcome. Please contact us.

If you are a master who like to come and play, please register early so it can help the entries.

Posted on September 29, 2018 by Chacha Nugroho

Updated on December 27, 2018 by Chacha Nugroho:

This tournament is organized by Chacha Nugroho. He will be running the tournament on site as TD and player making sure that we have even numbers of players every round and no one will be forced full point bye. 

Two live games will be broadcast on top boards!

We will post any updates on this page.

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